Penalties for a Conviction of Charges of Transporting a Firearm
M.G.L.A c. 269 section 10I makes it a crime to transport a firearm into the Massachusetts from another state in order to commit criminal activity or to unlawfully distribute, sell or transfer possession to prohibited person. The penalties are very stiff and depend on the facts.
(a) Whoever transports a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or sawed-off shotgun into the commonwealth to use the weapon for the commission of criminal activity shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than 5 years nor more than 10 years.
(b) Whoever transports a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or sawed-off shotgun into the commonwealth to unlawfully distribute, sell or transfer possession of the weapon to a prohibited person will go to jail for at least 10 years but not more more than 20 years.
(c) Whoever transports a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or sawed-off shotgun into the commonwealth to unlawfully distribute, sell or transfer the weapon to a prohibited person and if the weapon causes the death of another, will go to state prison for at least 20 years.
Who is Prohibited From Transporting a Firearm Into Massachusetts?
A prohibited person is any of the following people:
- anyone who has been committed to a hospital or institution for mental illness, alcohol or substance abuse;
- anyone who has been convicted or adjudicated a youthful offender or delinquent child;
- anyone who has been convicted of (1) felony; (2) a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for more than 2 years ; (3) a violent crime; (4) a violation of any law firearm law punishable by prison time; (5) a violation of any law regulating the use, possession or sale of a controlled substance; (6) a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
- anyone under the age of 21;
- an alien who does not maintain lawful permanent residency
- anyone with an outstanding federal or state arrest warrant;
- anyone discharged from the United State military under dishonorable conditions.
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